Accra, July 31, GNA - The Teachers’ and Educational Workers Union (TEWU) of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), has described as “a surprise”, the intention of some polytechnics workers to pull out from the union.
“There is no major problem to warrant a breakaway,” TEWU said in a statement issued in Accra.
It said the dissident group wants to form Polytechnic Workers Association of Ghana (POWAG).
The statement jointly signed by Mr Peter K. Lumor, National Chairman of TEWU and
Mr Ralph A. Apaay, General Secretary said on September 16, 2014, the leadership met the Central Executive Committee of Polytechnics local Unions and discussed issues affecting the general welfare of members.
The following month, TEWU met the polytechnic local executives during which the members withdrew their letter threatening to secede, citing reasons such as disparities and placements arising from the implementation of the Single Spine Salary Structure.
The statement said TEWU is engaged with discussions with the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission to address such issues relating to tertiary institutions of which the local executives are aware of.
It said while TEWU is focused on fighting for their rights, is also remains committed to its basic duty of deriving its strength from the Collective Bargaining Certificate to negotiate and dialogue with employers concerning their grievances.
“The union’s doors remain open to POWAG for our collective efforts in pursuing and resolving issues affecting our members at all times. United we stand divided we fall,” the statement said.